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Syllabus for Samfunns­kunnskaps­­prøven

Here you will find the syllabus for the Norwegian Test in Social Studies (Samfunnskunnskapsprøven). The texts cover the entire syllabus for the test. Together with the questions, it gives you a good starting point for passing the test.

Working life

Working life

Work is important to many. The vast majority of adults have one or more jobs. Students often have part-time jobs. Then they can work when they have time off from their studies. Many young people have summer jobs. Because the labor market consists of so many different ways of working, laws and regulations are important. A characteristic of the Norwegian labor market is a strong trade union organization. Trade unions are organizations that work to ensure that all employees have safe and good working conditions.

Read more about:

  • The labor market
  • Getting a job
  • Employment contract
  • Wages and taxes
  • Vacation
  • Sick leave
  • Trade unions
  • Resignation
School and education

School and education

The Norwegian education system is divided into many parts. Children start school the year they turn six. They continue in primary school until they go over to upper secondary school. When they have completed it, primary school is finished. Then there are several possibilities: You can take a year off where you travel around, you can start working, or you can go on to upper secondary school. After high school, there are also several opportunities, including colleges and universities.

Read more about:

  • Primary school
  • Junior high school
  • High School
  • Folk High School
  • Summer school
  • Higher education
Faith and outlook on life

Faith and outlook on life

In Norway, there is religious freedom. That means you can believe in the religion you want. No one can decide what to believe. Religion and faith are central to many Norwegians' lives, but more and more Norwegians say that they do not see themselves as religious. The largest denomination in Norway is the Church of Norway. It is a Christian, Protestant denomination. But there are also many Catholics and Muslims living in Norway.

Read more about:

  • Freedom of religion
  • Religious communities
  • Christianity
  • Christmas and Easter
Family and leisure

Family and leisure

The family is the cornerstone of many people. It is the family you spend the most time with, with whom you experience things, and with whom you develop.

Read more about:

  • Marriage
  • Voluntery work and dugnad
  • Kindergarten
  • Children's rights
  • Budget
  • Leisure time
  • Pregnancy and childbirth


Norway has one of the world's best health services. It is not necessary to have health insurance. If you become ill, you are entitled to the same treatment regardless of how much money you have and what kind of job you have. You often have to pay a deductible for what the treatment costs. The rest is paid for by the public sector.

Read more about:

  • Helsestasjon
  • Hospital
  • Pharmacy
  • Regular doctor
  • Dentist
  • Elderly
  • Own health
  • Mental Health
  • Duty of confidentiality
This is Norway

This is Norway

Norway is about 1 700 km long. The width varies between 6 and 400 km. We have one of the world's longest coastlines, at the same time as we have several mountains that are over 2 000 meters high. It is an exciting country, which contains a lot of different things. Join and see what you find!

Read more about:

  • Mountains and glaciers
  • Svalbard
  • Important days
  • The population
  • Neighboring countries
  • Geography
  • The language
  • The Sami people
  • Import and export
  • Famous Norwegians
  • Transportation
  • Weather and climate
  • Units of measurement


There are many events that have made Norway Norway. Learn more about the historical events that have developed the country.

Read more about:

  • The Viking Age
  • Unions
  • National Romanticism
  • Constitution
  • WW2
  • Oil
  • OL
  • July 22, 2011
Politics and democracy

Politics and democracy

Norway is a constitutional monarchy, a parliamentary democracy, and a state governed by the rule of law - among other things. But what does all this mean?

Read more about:

  • Stortinget
  • May 17
  • Election
  • The Royal House
  • Organization
  • The green shift
  • Equality
  • Public services
  • Immigration
  • The Norwegian parties